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The First Prospectors

Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?

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Alaska Miners to Sue Department of Interior


The Alaska Miners Association announced that it will sue the Department of Interior to set aside Solicitor John Leshy’s “midnight” regulations designed to drive the mining industry out of business in Alaska.

The Montezuma Quadrangle, Summit County, Colorado


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Prospecting With a Magnetometer


Swedes were the first to note variations in the Earth's magnetic field, circa 1640, and they were the first to use the dip needle. They made the first magnetometer in 1870.

The Pearce Mineralized Area, Dragoon Mountains, Arizona


...I would bet considerably more lode gold and silver remains to be found in this area, and there are possibilities for small placers and nugget shooting.

BLM Launches Mining Claim Records Viewer


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has added some useful tools to their website. The Land and Mineral Use Records system has been meshed with a map viewer that allows users to obtain mining claim information in a useful format.

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